Arts and Crafts

by AngelDavies

Arts and crafts for children isn’t just about creating and having fun – sometimes it is, but there are some important educational benefits too. In the formative years, encouraging your children to spend time on arts and crafts projects promotes creative play and helps them to understand the benefits of concentration and dedication to a task. Skills that would help all of us in our daily lives, but benefit kids from toddlers and preschoolers all the way up to high school. Many kids’ crafts help youngsters develop their coordination skills, learn to follow instructions as well as help with math. Even the most simple of crafts can help to develop some or all of these skills. Crafts are also ideal for creative play and are a perfect way to help youngsters develop and explore their imagination. Some kids’ crafts, such as painting and drawing, are an ideal way to help a youngster communicate ideas.

On a more informal level, kids’ crafts are a fun family activity.

Dad, you do not need any special skills to undertake crafts with children, in fact it could be argued that it is fun to learn together. Many kids’ crafts require very little in the way of experience or expertise. The main things that are required to do crafts with kids is a lot of patience and a great sense of humour!

If you don’t care to mess up your place with paints, goo, glue, guck, finding professionally organised craft activities for children can be a useful compromise. These are perfect for when busy parents don’t care for the mess or have the time to spend doing arts and crafts at home. This is also a good way of discovering crafts that require a little more in the way of specialist equipment or materials. Pottery or ceramic painting, for instance, are fun kids crafts, however most homes do not have the necessary equipment to make this a feasible activity.

Kids crafts are fun and rewarding – and may even build the foundations of a long lasting skill or future career.

Here in the Arts and Crafts pages of HeadsUp Dad, the lovely and talented Angelique Davies and Elizabeth Griesman will be sharing ideas and activities that you can do with your kids—at home or on the road. Slip on your grubbies, roll up your sleeves, put on your happy face. We are going to help you spend quality time with your kids while you and them get in touch with your creative side.

Anybody out there have some great ideas, Arts and Crafts or activities and experiences that you would like to share with the rest of the HeadsUpDad community, please get in touch with us! We would be delighted to hear from you!

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